Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson has been fantastic this season. Poised under pressure, showing leadership skills beyond his years, and providing hope to an NFL organization that has never earnestly had a franchise gunslinger, he is a big deal.
And if Texans fans weren't happy enough with Deshaun Watson, they are about to like him even more, as the youngster apparently uses his bye-week not to rest, but to continue to become a more dynamic signal-caller.
Despite Houston giving its players six days off, here is what Watson is doing:
“I worked out, worked on my conditioning and watched a lot of film of myself — self-evaluation,” Watson said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I tried to correct mistakes and build on that.”
About the film study?
“I want to make better decisions,” he said. “Ball placement, quicker reads, pocket awareness and operate the offense the best I can.”
As for what my favorite part of that story was, is the fact Watson put words to what most fans dislike about teams when they hit the redzone:
“When we get in the red zone, our mentality is that we need (touchdowns),” Watson said. “We’re not satisfied with three points. Each guy understands that. Everybody wants to make a play.”
Obviously, it will be interesting to see if the youngster hits a rookie wall this season. But with a solid defensive side of the football at the Texans' back, and a plethora of skilled players on the outside, if Watson continues to grow and mature at the position, few teams will be as dangerous as Houston the rest of the way.